The groundbreaking book that details the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) model which explains how to help children on the Autism Spectrum become competent in the world of emotional relationships. The approach is quite different from other social skills programs and provides a framework to help people with Autism learn to participate more fully in relationships. This book guides you through how Experience Sharing develops in typical children, contrasts the deficits inherent in Autism, and then outlines the essential components of the RDI model of treatment. Actual case studies are presented throughout the book along with the means of intervention used in order to guide you. As each chapter illuminates the components of interpersonal relationships, readers will be better able to teach children how to socially interact, leading to deeper, more intimate and meaningful relationships. This book is the theory and model behind the therapeutic exercises contained in the Relationship Development Internvention books.
Paperback, 186 pages, by Steven E. Gutstein, PhD